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Posted: January 25, 2010 9:00 p.m.

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Planning and zoning commission holds work session on drag strip

The Social Circle planning and zoning commission held a work session on Monday night with representatives advocating and protesting the proposed motorsports complex.

The meeting lasted almost two hours, during which time petitioner Donnie Clack explained his reasons for wanting to build the motorsports complex on the site, and addressed concerns from the planning and zoning committee and from the opposing representatives.

The main concerns revolving around the motorsports complex involve the drag strip -  namely noise and noise containment. Other concerns an increase in traffic and potential harm to property values and future growth. The commission stated they would need documentation and studies to see if the site would work in accordance with city and county ordinances, as well as to prove if it would significantly hurt property values.

The commission stated that the burden of proof now lies on Clack.

People were allowed to speak at the meeting by invitation only. The public was still allowed to attend, but not to speak.

Members of the planning and zoning commission stated that they might need more work sessions before they could render any final decision. By law, there will also be at least one public hearing as well, and the public will be allowed to speak at that meeting.

For more on this work session, see Wednesday's edition of the Covington News. For more on the continuing story of the drag strip, see

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